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    China violates rule of law, says Phl

    THE Philippine government on Thursday said Beijing’s massive claim over the disputed waters in the South China Sea violates the rule of law and threatens peace and stability in the region.
    Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told a press briefing that China’s claim under its so-called nine-dash line map is also a form of expansionism.
    “Expansionism in the form of the nine-dash line in the South China Sea is in gross violation of the rule of law and threatens peace and stability,” Hernandez said.
    Apart from the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have also been contesting China's massive claim over a tongue-shaped encirclement in the South China Sea.
    Hernandez made the remarks after Chinese state news agency Xinhua called President Benigno Aquino III "an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality."
    China has imposed a fishing ban for non-Chinese vessels in the area in an apparent attempt to assert control over the disputed waters.
    “This expansionism is being driven by might and not what is right,” Hernandez said.

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